Whew! What a week! Isn’t it strange how this year has gone? I mean, it’s November, and we’ve been in a pandemic for pretty much the entire year. But, I’m not used to it just yet. Are you? Have you fully adjusted to this new way of living? I still forget my masks… and I have three tied to the gear shift in my truck. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve just about reached the entrance to my destination, and had to go all the way back to my truck to get my mask! 😂
And now, it’s the holiday season. And it is tough on all of us, I’m sure. Many of us can’t travel or are choosing not to travel. We won’t be gathering with friends and family as we usually do. It can be tough. Are you feeling it? Have you made plans to celebrate the way you always have or have you adjusted because COVID-19? My kids and I live over three thousand miles away from our other immediate family and we won’t be flying home this year. We live in Washington DC, if you’re new here and don’t know😉 and we are from Washington state. Yea, it’s a long way home.
Did you know Caronavirus hit the United States in Washington state first? And the numbers were looking better for a time, as they were in several places, but now they’ve gone back up and it won’t be safe to travel back home right now. But, ooh that hurts! I haven’t been home since July 2019 and I miss my family!! But, I also won’t allow that to get me down. I can’t! I have life to live and be thankful for. I have to realize the reality of our lives at this time and keep moving forward.
But, none of us are immune to feeling, and I’m not one to tell someone not to feel or how to feel. I believe that however you feel, about anything, in any moment, is your right. How you handle your emotions and act on your feelings, is a different matter. And you know what? Since this is where you get your life… I have suggestions, of course! We’re in this together, remember. A crew. In real life!
Have you ever been in a funk and a song came on the radio and changed or enhanced your mood? Yea, I think we all can relate to that one. Music is vibrational and can directly impact your mood. Which is why music therapy is a real thing. According to an article posted in 2017 by Sandhya Raghavan for the Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability, “Music can restore some of the cognitive functions, sensory and motor functions of the brain after a traumatic injury. Music does more than just put us in a good mood. It’s a wonder drug…energizes your mind, eases stress, evokes emotions, and soothes the soul.” Hello somebody! Put on some music and dance ‘til you sweat!
One thing is certain: music can and will change your mood. So, since we are being intentional about loving ourselves, intentional about our self care, and aiming for showing up as our best selves all the time, we need intentional feel good music, too. We have to keep music on hand to motivate us, keep us in an uplifted mood, get us out of a funk or from feeling down, and help us stay focused on the greatness inside each of us. Whether you make a playlist per mood: bossy, sad, fearful, happy, ready for whatever, empowering, memory lane, etc… or perhaps you memorize a few particular songs that you KNOW will take you to a turn up, dance mode, feel good, type of mood, be intentional about playing certain music when certain circumstances or feelings arise.
Now, I know it wouldn’t be right if I didn’t give y’all some of my music choices and tell you why!💜
So, Beyoncé is ALWAYS a good choice. Love on Top makes me feel love and joy. The lyrics in that song are sweet and celebratory of finding true love and having it reciprocated. Mood Foreva and Black Parade, from the Black is King soundtrack, get me feeling so powerful and glorious, like I can take on the world and anyone in my way! Drake can take you there… or take you there! 😂Drake can have you reminiscing about an old flame, or ready to fix your crown, put on your heels, and dance the troubles away. Drake can have you feeling like the best someone ever had, or like cruising and thinking about life. Choose carefully with him.
Any R & B music from the 90s and early 2000s, in my opinion, is great for boosting your mood. That was an era of music where love, dancing, and real life issues were in the lyrics, touched your soul, and moved your bones. They don’t make music like that anymore. I also recommend Franklin “Imagine Me” or anything by Yolanda Adams or the Winans! They’ll have you feeling faith filled or make you want to dance and conquer at the same time!
Take these suggestions or make your own playlist. Memorize a few song lyrics and sing them in your head. But, let music set the mood. Don’t let the mood set you. It is super important to be intentional about your well being and music improves your well being!
Leave a comment and tell me your favorite song and let me know how it makes you feel! 💙